Partial dentures are a great way to restore a gap in your smile. Not only are they a cost-effective option, but they can be made relatively quickly compared to other procedures. You already know that you need to brush your natural teeth twice a day, and floss at least once a day. You may think that because your dentures are not natural teeth, they don’t need any care. While your partial may not need the same kind of cleaning as your normal teeth, your dentures need similar care.
Your partial dentures need to be brushed. However, you should not use a regular toothpaste. Most toothpastes contain some sort of abrasive for scrubbing your teeth, and those abrasives can damage the surface of your dentures. Your best option for cleaning your dentures is use warm water (hot water can cause them to warp), and hand soap or dish soap. If you like, you can use a toothpaste that has been formulated for cleaning your dentures. Scrub them gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush, or use a denture brush. While you are at it, remember to brush your gums. Plaque and bacteria can accumulate on your gums, and brushing them will stimulate the blood flow. When you brush your dentures, do so over a sink full of water, or over a towel. That way, if you drop your dentures, there will be less of a chance of damaging them.
Dentures need to kept moist if they are to retain their shape. When you go to bed, or if you are going to take your dentures out for an extended period of time, put them in a soaking solution. Not only will this keep them moist, but will also help keep them clean.
If you are interested in replacing your missing teeth, talk to our dentist, Dr. Glen Lockwood about partial dentures or other options. To make an appointment at Kenai Dental Clinic in Kenai, Alaska call 907-283-4875 today.